A big day for Big Finish is on its way, appropriately referred to as the second annual Big Finish Day, when Big Finish’s big stars will all gather together at Barking Abbey School in the county of Essex to celebrate the best Doctor Who dramas the world has heard but never seen!
Topping the agenda is the announcement of the Doctor’s next audio companion, who will be present to speak at a panel and sign autographs.Â Big Finish is, at present, tight-lipped about the identity of the companion; we don’t even know which Doctor he or she will accompany (though it may be the Eighth, as Lucie Miller actress Sheridan Smith, pictured, is scheduled to make her departure at the end of this month in the highly-anticipated To The Death).
An unbelievable quantity of guests will be in attendance so you can give them your autograph, and perhaps pay them for theirs.Â Signatures manufactured on the spot by their owners will be available for purchase from Bernice Summerfield actress Lisa Bowerman, Dalek voice and BF Doctor Who top man Nicholas Briggs, writer Nev Fountain, audio and Dalek writer Robert Shearman, writer Andrew Smith, voice actress Beth Chalmers, and voice actors Duncan Wisbey and Toby Longworth.
There will also be free (FREE!) autographs from about a million BF behind-the-scenes personnel, from writers to cover artists to sound designers to pretty much everything else.Â While there are too many names to be able to display them all on this page, we’ll tell you that they include BF exec Jason Haigh-Ellery, Gallifrey and Bernice Summerfield producer and current TV series script editor Gary Russell, and cover artist/Bernice Summerfield: Dead and Buried animator Alex Mallinson.Â For the full list of guests in attendance, see this announcement at Tenth Planet Events.
Of course, we can’t forget the most important deal of the day: deals!Â That’s right – show up on Big Finish Day and encounter discounts aplenty on a wide selection of Big Finish stories, including Doctor Who!Â It’s unclear presently whether any of these bargains will extend to the internet, where last year’s Big Finish Day exclusively took place; we’ll keep you posted if we hear anything.
Big Finish Day takes place on June 11th from 10AM to 4PM.Â Barking Abbey School, where the event is located, is on Longbridge Road, Barking, Essex, IG11 8UF… right here on Google Maps.Â Tickets are Â£25; get ’em at Tenth Planet Events.